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John Jason Jordan wrote:

I'm also curious why this works only with the LinuxLibertineG
fonts. Adobe InDesign had these features 14 years ago, and
they have always worked with any OTF font installed on the
computer . . .

The reason is that Graphite and Opentype (OTF) are rival formats for providing advanced typographic 
features. Graphite (in my opinion) is a dead end. It was created by and is promoted by the Summer 
Institute of Linguistics, which offers four or five fonts in this format. Philipp Poll has created 
two Graphite fonts (Linux Libertine and Biolinum). That is the total stock of Graphite fonts on the 
planet. It seems exceedingly unlikely that there will ever be any more, mainly because it is so 
difficult to create them.

Opentype was promoted by Adobe and Microsoft but is now the subject of a formal international 
standard (under a slightly different name, Open Font Format). There are thousands of Opentype 
fonts, and the number is being constantly added to, not only because Opentype features are 
implemented in Adobe Indesign and Quark Xpress but also because it is relatively easy to create 
Opentype fonts, or to add Opentype features to existing fonts.

Of course the immediate problem for users of Libre Office is that it does not implement Opentype 
layout features––one of the biggest shortcomings of the program. When it will do so is anyone’s 

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